Andy Murray among British Olympians celebrated in New Year honors list

Alicia WestJan 01, 2017

In previous interviews, Murray has said he thought he was too young at 29 to be knighted, but it seems the Queen did not agree. In addition to these two titles, Murray came out on top in the rivalry against Novak Djokovic and also secured the number one ranking.

The knighthood tops a year of accolades for the Scottish tennis champion, who won his second Wimbledon and Olympic men's singles titles, and was crowned world number one for the first time, as well as being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.

World No. 1 Andy Murray is set to be knighted after a remarkable season but his 2016 ended with a surprise loss to David Goffin in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. It was worth all the effort, the sacrifices, the highs, the lows, you know, all the perseverance.

According to Murray, while he recognises it is a huge honour to receive a Knighthood, he will ask Wimbledon not to use "Sir Andy" on scoreboards and club literature, as he feels it would make him uncomfortable.

Mo Farah was already a CBE following London 2012, and the 33-year-old was recognized for retaining his 5,000- and 10,000-meter Olympic titles at Rio 2016.

"I feel more like Andy Murray, still feels obviously more normal to me, but it's obviously a big honour and (I'm) happy with that, nice way to finish or start the New Year", as per the Evening Standard. Distance runner Mo Farah is also receiving a knighthood for services to athletics. Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today - it is a dream come true.

Both Katherine Grainger and Jessica-Ennis Hill were given damehoods following their final Olympic Games after retiring post-Rio. Laura won gold in the Omnium and Team Pursuit events at this year's Rio Olympics, while Jason took home three gold medals. Kate is getting an OBE, while Helen gets an MBE.

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